January 1, 2008
Creating a Green Supply Chain
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a green supply chain as one that is continually improving to eliminate environmental waste in the manufacturing and distribution of product. “Environmental waste often goes unaddressed by traditional supply chain initiatives, and can create significant costs for businesses,” said Dale Kemery, an EPA spokesperson.
In addition, a truly green supply chain requires that both intra- and interorganizational activities, such as purchasing, manufacturing and operations, distribution, and reverse logistics, all explicitly consider their influence on the natural environment, according to Joseph Sarkis, professor of operations and environmental management at the Clark University Graduate School of Management, Worcester, Mass.
However, according to RedPrairie Corporation, Milwaukee, creating a green supply chain can be easier than you think. It certainly means a commitment to change, but that doesn’t mean the change needs to be painful or expensive.
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